Investigators in the Czech Republic have recommended that the country’s Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš, be indicted for his involvement in a fraud case involving EU subsidies.
Along with several of his family members including his wife, Babiš has been tied by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) to a €1.7 million fraud case – the so-called ‘Stork’s Nest Project’ – involving a farm that received EU subsidies after its ownership was transferred from the Babiš-owned Agrofert conglomerate to Babiš’ family members.
Babiš, who has denied the claims of his involvement in any fraudulent activities, could be stripped of his parliamentary immunity if he is, indeed, found guilty.
A spokesperson from OLAF told New Europe that the anti-fraud office had finalised its investigation into possible irregularities in December 2017 regarding the Stork’s Nest Project, which was co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.
“OLAF has closed the case with Recommendations to the European Commission and the competent judicial authorities in the Czech Republic,” said the OLAF spokesperson. “Given that the follow-up of these recommendations is now the responsibility of the services concerned, and that such processes are subject to administrative and judicial secrecy respectively, OLAF will make no further comment on the matters at this stage.”